West End Parents’ Daycare has fun programs for children from the age of 18 months to 10 years old. We have four different rooms/age groups you can explore.
Toddler (18 Months to 2 Years)
As toddlers, children are becoming more self-aware. They begin developing their own personalities and exploring their own emotions, expressing themselves in many creative ways. WEPD provides a free play environment with sensory, creative and cognitive activities. Our underlying philosophy is the process and not the product.
Daily group time includes short stories, discussions, lots of songs and instruments; puppets are frequently used. An emphasis is placed on “social interaction” encouraging the children to communicate with each other through their play.
Preschool (2 years to entry into Junior Kindergarten)
As the children are able to communicate more through language and are beginning to show more of an understanding of “social boundaries”, we try to encourage a greater sense of independence through simple activities such as learning to wash their hands, wiping their noses, and how to use a knife and fork. The children learn to respect themselves. The children may then start to think beyond themselves as individuals and begin to have empathy for others.
At this stage, children are learning to do a lot for themselves and we try to encourage their independence still further by asking them to do little tasks such as putting their chairs away at the end of mealtimes and going to the toilet on their own. By doing this, we are encouraging the children to start taking responsibility for their own actions.
Language plays an important role in being able to share ideas, points of view and instructions between the children and adults. Sharing is a big part of “circle” time. At story and discussion times, as well as through play, the children are given the opportunity to talk with the other children and staff.
More structured activities, such as playing board games, are carried out with smaller groups of children to try and extend their concentration and also to develop their social skills such as sharing and taking turns.
Kindergarten (Junior and Senior)
For Kindergarten, children are spending mornings or afternoons at the kindergarten programs at either Ossington/Old Orchard Junior Public School (OOOPS) or Dewson Street Public School. Our staff lead public school drop off and pick-ups, allowing the children to spend the balance of time at the WEPD Kindergarten program.
At this stage, their personalities and individuality are evident and they have more confidence in themselves. They have a better feel for what they can do and realize their ability to try new things. They are gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
School Age (Grade 1 to Grade 4 – before and after-school care)
WEPD’s goal is to provide an environment where children feel like they are coming and going from a second home – moving away from the structure and stresses of school to a space where they can relax, read, create, and explore. In this relaxed structure children can participate in music, dance, arts and crafts, science, computer centre, and recreational activities.
NOTE: As per the Day Nurseries Act for the Ontario Ministry of Children’s Services, the ratio of caregivers to students is one to five for Toddlers, 1 to 8 for Preschool, 1 to 8 for Kindergarten and 1 to 15 for School-agers. If space is available, WEPD will accommodate part-time attendance based on either a 2-day or 3-day week, and the fees will be adjusted accordingly.